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Travel Guide

From the peak of Monkey Mountain to the shores of Cijin island, Taiwan’s Harbour Capital offers scenic waterfront views, bustling night markets and cultural gems.

The maritime city of Kaohsiung is one of Taiwan’s most exciting metropolitan destinations. Facing the Taiwan Strait and intersected by the scenic Love River, Kaohsiung has fantastic waterfront areas, a busy harbour, fresh seafood and beaches. Wind your way through traditional night markets, Shoushan Zoo and an eccentric arts district.

Enjoy breakfast at a café on the banks of the Love River. Stroll along the Aihejingguan Riverside Park and take in the city’s skyline. East of the river, stroll through wide streets and find shopping districts, large department stores and the immense Tuntex Sky Tower.

Find Kaohsiung’s busy port southwest of the river. Stop by the Pier-2 Art Center, an arts district that spills out from converted industrial warehouses. See quirky galleries, artists’ studios and cafés. Walk along the harbour and reach the Former British Consulate at Takao. This mid-19th-century building sits at the peak of Shaochuantou, overlooking Sizihwan Bay and the sprawling port.

Catch the ferry across to Cijin, a long, narrow island that protects the port. Rent a bicycle and tour the waterfront, stopping at the beach plaza, ChiHou Fort and the lighthouse. TianHou Temple, dedicated to the goddess of the sea, is also located here.

Discover Shoushan, or Monkey Mountain, on Kaohsiung’s west coast. Explore the trails and find the Shoushan Zoo, ancient ruins and wild monkeys. Don’t feed the monkeys, as they may get aggressive.

After sunset, hit the night markets downtown. Liuho Night Market offers souvenir items, while Ruifeng Night Market has authentic Taiwanese food stalls.

Venture outside the city centre and visit Lotus Pond in the Zuoying district. Walk or cycle around the lake to see remnants of the Old Wall of Fongshan and a ring of temples.

Reach Kaohsiung by plane, high-speed train or boat into the harbour. Get around the city by metro, taxi or bicycle. See the city light up with lanterns and fireworks for the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival at the end of Chinese New Year.

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Where to stay in Kaohsiung

Top Hotels in Kaohsiung

Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
4.5 out of 5
202, MingSheng 2nd Road, Kaohsiung
The price is $59 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Love River, Liuhe Night Market, and Pier-2 Art Center. 85 Sky Tower and Kaohsiung ...

4.3/5Excellent! (919 reviews)
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"Clean, friendly"…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Hotel Midtown Richardson Kaohsiung Boai
Hotel Midtown Richardson Kaohsiung Boai
3.5 out of 5
338, Bo Ai 1st Road, San Min District, Kaohsiung
The price is $35 per night from Mar 31 to Apr 1

Located in Sanmin, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Heart of Love River, Ruifeng Tourist Night Market, and Kaohsiung Arena. Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,357 reviews)

"Everything good! Looking forward for next trip in Kaohsiung"…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Hotel Midtown Richardson Kaohsiung Boai
Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung
Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
311, Qixian 1st Road, Kaohsiung
The price is $63 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

This family-friendly Kaohsiung hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Dome of Light and Liuhe Night Market. Central Park and Hanshin ...

4.4/5Excellent! (959 reviews)

"It’s great experience in staying there. I would like to consider to visit there again if I go to south of Taiwan."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kaohsiung

The Tale of Butterfly
The Tale of Butterfly
2 out of 5
No.92-5, Chaoyuan, Meinong District, Kaohsiung
The price is $190 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Meinong, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jiuxionglin Shan and Zhutou Shan. Jian Shan is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"去的時候剛好遇到寒流,但熱水溫度與水量相當充足。 自助吧結合當地食材做創意料理,也相當美味。 環境舒適貼心,也有免費出借桌遊供消遣。"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

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Statt de Vallee
Statt de Vallee
2 out of 5
No. 130-72, Heping Rd., Liouguei District, Kaohsiung

Located in Liugui District, this campground is 13.8 mi (22.1 km) from Maolin Butterfly Trail and within 25 mi (40 km) of Dajin Waterfall and Meinong Folk Village. ...

Statt de Vallee
85 Prague Homestay
85 Prague Homestay
3 out of 5
12 F, No. 5, Ziqiang 3rd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung
The price is $24 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Love River and Central Park. Dream Mall and Liuhe Night Market are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (37 reviews)

"Super helpful staff and great window view"…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

85 Prague Homestay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kaohsiung


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May 22, 2020

Kaohsiung is nice. There’s a lot of western amenities. The Love River is nice. Cijin Beach is a fun family place.

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Apr 8, 2020

Rueifong Night Market is great and accessible via MRT

4/5 - Good

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Mar 9, 2020

spacious, nice infrastructures.

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Jan 18, 2020

People are nice. Easy to travel with transportation and taxi

4/5 - Good

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Dec 30, 2019

Pier 2 art area is a great idea and example for attracting tourist visit.

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